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Christian fraternity mourns Archbishop Guti

Story by Peter Chivhima

THE Christian community says it has lost a great man in Zimbabwe Assemblies of God (ZAOGA) founder, Archbishop Ezekiel Guti, who died on Wednesday in South Africa.

Affectionately known as Baba Guti, the revered church leader died aged 100.

The centenarian might have gone, but he has left a legacy for the Christian community to reflect on for many years to come.

“We have lost a great man who was so dedicated when it comes to the Word of God. He was a man who was ready to help everyone. If you look at some of his projects such as learning institutions and health facilities, it’s a clear testimony that he was a good man. We want also to thank God that Baba Guti managed to keep his family intact. He was so humble,” said Roman Catholic cleric, Father Fidelis Mukonori.

“We have lost a father-figure when it comes to the issue of Christianity. I learnt a lot from a man who was God-fearing. His leadership was exemplary and you can see that he groomed several leaders who are recognised globally,” said AFM in Zimbabwe President, Reverend Amon Madawo.

“Dr Guti was a man whom we can say we have drawn a lot from his teachings. We regard him as our tower light. We have learnt to be dedicated considering that he started his career when the Christian fraternity was dominated by missionaries,” said musician,
Minister Charles Charamba.

ZAOGA Forward in Faith Secretary General Apostle Mishael Nyambo said burial arrangements will be announced in due course.

Born on the 5th of May 1923 in the Ngaone area of Chipinge, Archbishop Guti was called to serve the Lord in 1938 at the age of 15.

Between 1948 and 1949, Archbishop Guti travelled to the then Salisbury (now Harare) where he met a man he had been shown in a dream, who explained and baptised him before he started to speak in tongues.

Archbishop Guti also preached in Mbare but was to be chased from the church after getting extensive press coverage.

In 1958, the man of cloth ministered in a church in Highfield, Harare where miracles occurred and this drove many from afar to seek the Lord.

Baba Guti went on to form ZAOGA FIF in Bindura in 1960 and today, the country’s oldest Pentecostal church has spread to over 160 nations across the globe.

His oversubscribed centenary celebrations were held on the 14th of May this year in Harare with President Emerson Mnangagwa attending as the Guest of Honour.

Baba Guti is survived by his wife, Professor Eurnor Guti.

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